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There have emerged two problems with an effort by the city of Fort Smith to raise $89,000 through hikes in alcohol permits and fees as part of a plan to help offset $1.425 million in city employee raises. The first is that the plan may raise less than expected.

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 5:08pm

Rep. Jon Eubanks of Paris and Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville were some of the several legislators from the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas to receive House leadership positions in the newly sworn-in 2015 General Assembly.

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:01pm

The U.S. House of Representatives, including all four members of the state’s House delegation, voted Friday to approve a pipeline project that supporters say will create jobs while opponents have argued environmental concerns.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 6:25pm

When the 90th General Assembly convenes next week, the ghosts of Arkansas’ political past won’t recognize the party make-up of the state capitol.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 7:35pm

The leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate hope the Legislature takes quick action on Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson’s middle class tax cut and on the private option, and both say there is little interest in the Legislature for building a $100 million prison.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:29pm

A light agenda gave way to a spirited town hall session at the Jan. 6 meeting of the Fort Smith Board of Directors, and there was one main topic on everyone’s mind: a consent decree that could end up tripling the sewer volume usage charge on monthly water department bills by 2026.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:27pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson and soon-to-be First Lady Susan Hutchinson held their first two pre-inauguration events in their “home” regions of Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith, with the Gov.-elect using the events to announce top appointments and speak about his future role as the state’s chief ex

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 8:56pm

A new session of Congress started Tuesday, as two new congressmen and a new senator made history as an all-Republican Arkansas delegation took office.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 7:46pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson made plenty of news in a pre-session Q&A with reporters at the state capitol on Tuesday (Jan. 6).

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:50pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson announced Wendy Kelley as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). Kelley is the chief deputy director of ADC, a position she has held since January of 2014. She is the first female to hold the role of ADC director.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 6:47am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the agreement with the city of Fort Smith will over the next 12 years cost $255 million “plus the cost of routine operation and maintenance.” That’s a big “plus,” which is to say it’s in the neighborhood of another $225 million.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 9:04pm

Former two-term Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said Saturday that he was ending his cable television show to look at a possible run for the White House next year. He made the announcement during the “Huckabee” show on the Fox News Channel.

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 11:36am

Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday (Dec. 31) announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions, and judicial appointments.

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 5:33pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson ended 2014 with an announcement that he will keep two agency directors and bring back a Huckabee administrator to a third one.

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:11pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson named Dr. Greg Bledsoe as the state’s new Surgeon General. He replaces Dr. Joe Thompson, who was told in late November that he would not remain in the position.

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:22pm

The Independent Citizens Commission charged with setting salaries for legislators, constitutional officers, and judges hopes to hear from some of those people at its next meeting Jan. 7.

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:18pm

Politics certainly dominated the headlines in Arkansas during 2014, with the GOP sweep in Arkansas likely to be noted by future historians as a pivotal event in the state’s history.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:37pm

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday (Dec. 23) that he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Amendment 83, the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 6:02pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson will conduct a national search for the next Arkansas Economic Development Commission executive director and will ask for legislative authority allowing the independent foundation supporting AEDC to supplement that official’s salary, Hutchinson announced in a press confer

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:48pm

Agricultural opinions were upbeat about President Obama's plan to move towards normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, but political attitudes were mixed.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:51pm

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